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Fire Science 2215:
Building Construction
for the Fire Service

Most fires are fought in, on, or around buildings. Not only are they a fire fighters workplace, but they also provide the greatest potential exposure for death and injury. Studying building construction allows the fire fighter to prepare themselves to be able to recognize potential collapse. This course will examine the materials used in building construction and how those materials will react under adverse conditions. An emphasis will be placed on recognizing construction features that will facilitate rapid fire growth and understanding how to properly assess risk on the fire ground.

Who can enroll in the course?

Admission is open to anyone who is a high school graduate or has earned a GED, and is at least 18 years old. While there are no pre-requisites, it is recommended that you have successfully completed Fire Science 1100 (Introduction to Fire Science).

Are there National and State Certifications?

"Building Construction for the Fire Service" does not have any National or State Certifications associated with the class. This class will however meet the requirements for the OSFM Firefighter III instruction on building construction.

Structure of the course

This course is delivered on line. Computer knowledge, access to a computer, having an internet service provider (such as AOL, MSN, etc), and knowing how to operate a computer are necessary to link to this course and do web searches. Communications will be asynchronous and interacting with your fellow students will greatly enhance your learning experience. Students taking this course will have diverse knowledge and ideas should be shared. Course content will be broken into units and assignments will be due at the end of each unit. A schedule will be supplied when the student signs on-line to the course.

How do I enroll?

It is suggested that students access each area in COD Online, prior to registration, to see if online learning is for them. Visit the COD Online home page which includes an online assessment to help you determine if you are a good candidate for an online course.

How do I enroll?

Students meeting the requirements can enroll by calling the College of DuPage at (630) 942-2377 or register online using myACCESS. For more information, see the Registration. It is suggested that students access each area in COD Online, prior to registration, to see if online learning is for them.

For more information about the Fire Science Program and Certificates at College of DuPage, refer to our Fire Science Program website.